Monthly Archives: December 2009

parking, parking, everywhere, and not a spot to park

Aerial view of the parking lot on Asylum and Jewell that used to be a Hilton. So it was called “The Hilton Lot”. Then a Hilton was built nowhere near this lot. But it is still called The Hilton Lot. Do you think this confuses visitors? We do.

From the Nov, 22, 2009 Courant:

With more than 700 parking spaces for every 1,000 employees, Hartford has the dubious distinction of being near the top of the list for parking — up there with cities such as Detroit and Buffalo.

In contrast, more vibrant cities like Washington get by with much less parking (250 parking spaces for every 1,000 employees). The need for so much more parking for each job in Hartford compared with more competitive cities is a significant physical and financial drag, limiting the potential for growth in the city.

  More here.  And here.

not your average nursery rhyme

Nick D'Angelo, Josiah Rowe and Scott MacDonald in Babes in Toyland

Need a festive break from holiday shopping and wrapping? Check out the Hartford Children’s Theatre production of BABES IN TOYLAND, the 2009-2010 Family MainStage Holiday Show.  BABES IN TOYLAND is a holiday classic that follows “Tom” and “Mary” on an incredible journey through Toyland.  Featuring the original Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough score, this old-fashioned family musical is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

All performances take place at HCT’s Carriage House Theatre (360 Farmington Avenue):

Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 19 at 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 20 at 2:00 pm

Ticket info here.

bah your humbug this weekend


HartBeat Ensemble’s localized – and irreverent – take on Dickens’ classic tale makes its seasonal debut this weekend, and plays all month in various locations.  Don’t be a Scrooge, go see it!

Ebeneeza – A Hartford Holiday Carol!
All Hartford shows are FREE!

Dec 4 & 5 @7:30pm
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

Dec 11 & 12 @7:30pm, Dec 13 @2:00pm
Mark Twain House & Museum

Dec 18 & 19 7:30pm
West Indian Social Club

$20/$15 Students, Seniors & Let’s Go Arts
Dec 26 @7:30pm, Dec 27 @2:00pm
Playhouse on Park, West Hartford

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Need more info? call 860 548-9144